April 26, 2000
I went to Centennial High School, in Compton, California, and our school nickname was the BIG 10! When the Trekkers all arrived in Tehran that nickname seemed to perfect for this huge capital city. Tehran is beautiful. It has grassy parks and fancy water fountains and bustling city streets. On the edge of the city are the beautiful Alborz Mountains. Just a few hours away is the Caspian Sea where families go to vacation.
Tehran is big, too. It has 10 million people!
Today in Tehran there are museums for everything from Persian jewels to ceramics and glasswork. The National Jewels Museum has the largest uncut diamond in the world. It is called the Sea of Light, or Dary-ye Nur.
In America we hear that Iranians are bad people. And Iranians only hear bad things about America. We found that the Iranian people we met were a lot like Americans. Iranians are fun, generous people. It made us realize that we need to meet people before we judge them. And we are very grateful that we have been able to meet so many Iranians.
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